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August Legislative Update: California bills that can impact auto repair

CAA continues to review, monitor and report on bills as they make their way through the legislative process — here’s the latest on where they stand

Sacramento, Calif.—The State Legislature began the year with more than 2,600 new bills, and as the session moves forward, the California Autobody Association (CAA) is monitoring the bills, including amendments, and will add to the list. Here’s the CAA’s breakdown of where bills presently stand.

Bureau of Automotive Repair    

AB 1263 — Bureau of Automotive Repair — Support. The bill, among other things, would maintain the continuation of the BAR Advisory Committee; require employees, such as service writers, who are involved in a BAR violation to attend remedial training; require a salvage rebuilder selling a revived salvage vehicle to provide a consumer with a safety systems certificate and require upcoming BAR towing and storage regulations to reference the civil and vehicle codes and insurance code regulations. Status: Senate

Catalytic Converter Theft Bills       

AB 641 — Catalytic Converters — Watch. Makes it a misdemeanor for someone to possess six or more used catalytic converters that have been cut from a vehicle unless they are a licensed dismantler. Status: Senate.

AB 1519 — Catalytic Converters — Concerns. Makes it a misdemeanor to remove, alter or obfuscate any VIN engraved, etched or otherwise marked on a catalytic converter, or from possessing 3 or more catalytic converters that have been so altered. Status: Senate.     

SB 55 — Watch. Prohibits a motor vehicle dealer from selling a vehicle equipped with a catalytic converter unless the converter has been permanently marked with the VIN, the vehicle is sold for dismantling or salvage, the vehicle is sold at a wholesale auction or a buyer declines the marking offered by the dealer. Status: Assembly.    

Career Technical Educational     

AB 377 — Career Tech Education — Support. Increases Career Technical Education funding from $300 million each year to $450 million. Status: Senate.    


AB 518 — Paid Family leave — Watch. Expands the definition of “family member” for purposes of the Paid Family Leave Program to allow workers to take time off to care for a seriously ill designated person. Status: Senate.    

AB 524 — Family Caregiver — Concerns. Adds caregiver status as a protected class under Fair Employment and Housing Act. Status: Senate.    

AB 1100 — Employment Workweek — Concerns. Establishes the 32-hour workweek pilot program. Status: Two-year bill.    

SB 616 — Paid Sick Days — Concerns. Modifies employer sick leave and requires an employee have no less than 56 hours of accrued sick leave. Status: Assembly.     

SB 703 — Support. Permits a nonexempt employee to request a flexible work schedule providing up to 10 hours per day within a 40-hour workweek without obligation to pay overtime. Status: Failed passage in Committee.     

Hazardous Waste

AB 407 — Used Oil — Watch. Deletes the criterion that used oil not be subject to regulation as used oil under federal law. Status: Senate.      

AB 493 — Relates to the California Oil Recycling Enhancement Act. Watch. Status: Two-year bill.     

AB 1614 — Gas Fueling Stations — Concerns. Requires State Water Resources to conduct a study on how to phase out the existence of gas fueling stations. Status: Senate.     

AB 1716 — Hazardous Waste Management — Watch. Make various technical changes to the six unified hazardous waste and materials management regulatory program that are overseen by the Certified United Programs Agencies (CUPAs). Status: Senate.   

Vehicle Batteries   

AB 1579 — Vehicle Batteries — Watch. Requires the state, beginning in 2035, to establish a bid specification for the acquisition of motor vehicles and determining the lowest bidder to consider whether the vehicle is equipped with lithium-ion batteries produced with the least environmental impact. Status: Two-year bill.      

SB 615 — Electric Batteries — Concerns. Requires an automotive repair dealer that removes a battery from a vehicle that is still in service to participate in a core exchange program established by the battery supplier and be responsible for either returning a removed battery to the battery supplier or sending it to a qualified facility. Status: Two-year bill.    

Zero Emissions Aftermarket     

SB 301 — Zero-Emission Aftermarket — Watch. Requires CARB to establish the Zero Emissions Aftermarket project to provide an applicant with a rebate for a vehicle that has been converted to a zero-emission vehicle. Status: Assembly

Other Bills of Interest       

AB 473 — New Motor Vehicle Board — Watch. Modifies several laws governing relationships between new motor vehicle manufactures and franchisees that operate car dealerships. Status: Senate.    

AB 1609 — Air Pollution. Concerns. Imposes an additional annual $4.00 charge on motor vehicles to provide funding for air quality management districts to reduce air pollution. Status: Two-year bill.      

SB 12 — Greenhouse Gas Emissions — Watch. Requires CARB to ensure that statewide greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by at least 55% below 1990 levels by December 31, 2030. Status: Two-year bill.   

SB 429 — Transportation Network Companies — Establishes vehicle inspection requirements for vehicles used on a Transportation Network Company platform such as Uber and Lyft. Status: Assembly.

SB 670 — Vehicle Miles Traveled — Concerns. Requires CARB to develop a methodology for assessing and spatially representing vehicle miles traveled and to develop maps to display average vehicle miles traveled per capita in the state. Status: Two-year bill.     

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